Tag: gold

The Meeting of Odysseus and Nausicaa (c.1630-1640)

Jordaens, Jacob (1593-1678) The Meeting of Odysseus and Nausicaa c.1630–1640 Oil on canvas, 117.5 x 194 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Jordaens was one of the most renowned and versatile Antwerp painters. Here he illustrates an episode from Homer’s Odyssey. Odysseus, naked and…

Madonna dell’Umiltà (c.1440)

Angelico, Fra (c.1395-1455) Madonna dell’Umiltà (The Virgin of Humility) c.1440 Tempera on panel, 74 x 52 cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam As a Dominican monk, Fra Angelico was not subject to the strict rules of the Florentine painters’ guild. He was thus free…

San Sebastiano (1493-1494)

Perugino (c.1446-1523) San Sebastiano (St Sebastian) 1493–1494 Tempera, oil on linden panel, 53.8 x 39.5 cm Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg Sebastian was a Roman soldier who served in the private guard of the Emperor Diocletian. For his faith in the teachings…

Pink and Gold: The Neapolitan (1897)

Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (1834-1903) Pink and Gold: The Neapolitan 1897 Oil on canvas, 50 x 31 cm Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid Carmen Rossi, the sitter of this small portrait, was an Italian girl who posed for Whistler as a child and…

Self Portrait aged 24 (1639)

Flinck, Govert (1615-1660) Self Portrait aged 24 1639 Oil on oak, 65.8 × 54.4 cm National Gallery, London Rembrandt was an exacting teacher as well as a great artist – at least, he knew how to school the apprentices who came…

Portrait of a Woman (1525-1527)

Cranach, Lucas the Elder (1472-1553) Portrait of a Woman 1525–1527 Oil on wood, 35.9 × 25.1 cm National Gallery, London Cranach only painted a handful of portraits showing women of the Saxon court during his time as court painter to the…

Portrait of a Man Holding a Watch (1643)

Hals, Frans (c.1582-1666) Portrait of a Man Holding a Watch 1643 Oil on canvas, 82.6 x 66.7 cm Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia For a long time the identity of this bearded man was unknown. Recent scholarship reveals that it is very likely…

John the Evangelist (c.1485-1490)

Memling, Hans (c.1430-1494) John the Evangelist c.1485–1490 Oil on oak panel, 69.5 × 24.3 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna This is the inner right wing of the St. John Altarpiece. St. John Altarpiece (c.1485-1490) In a balanced composition, Hans Memling depicts the enthroned Madonna with an…

Madonna and Child (c.1430-1432)

Van der Weyden, Rogier (c.1399-1464) Madonna and Child c.1430–1432 or c.1451 Oil on oak panel, 18.9 x 12.1 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Left wing of a diptych. Right wing: Van der Weyden, Rogier (c.1399-1464) St. Catherine c.1430–1432 or c.1451 Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna     Mary with…